Brexit: potential replacements for EU standards proposed for no-deal

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Contingency plans for preserving EU-level technical requirements in the event of a no-deal Brexit are now well underway.

Rail body RSSB is supporting a DfT-led consultation on a suite of UK-specific standards designed to replace EU standards in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

EU Technical Specifications for Interoperability are designed to ensure that all EU railways meet the same technical standard, and to provide sufficient consistency for trains to operate across borders as well as help suppliers sell products and services to the railway throughout the common market.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the EU’s Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs) would cease to apply as law in the UK.

Instead, a suite of National Technical Specification Notices (NTSNs) are being drafted to preserve, where appropriate, the same rights and obligations at the point the UK leaves the EU. The technical requirements in force at that time also remain the same.

RSSB’s Deputy Director of Standards, Vaibhav Puri said: “RSSB has been working very closely with the DfT over the past two years to ensure that in a potential ‘no deal’ scenario, any requirements derived from the EU framework are legally fit for purpose for application in the UK and workable solutions in place with respect to their application.”

“The overriding objective has been to ensure that the current interoperability regime remains operable, while enabling flexibility in terms of convergence or divergence from the EU framework with the right mechanisms in place. On 29 March 2019, we can be confident that the UK and EU systems will start from a fully aligned and legally robust position.”

Further information

You can access more information about DfT’s consultation with stakeholders on NTSNs on our website:  National Technical Specification Notices NTSNs

The first draft NTSN on Persons of Reduced Mobility is available to download and comments can be fed back to the DfT at:

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